The Law Office of Christopher D. Hopkins, LLC counsels clients in virtually every kind of commercial real estate activity, including real estate investment, acquisition, development, disposition, work outs, leasing, exchanges, finance, planning, land use, and zoning. The firm provides practical, cost effective, business minded solutions to issues that may arise in real estate development, transactions and/or litigation with the hope that clients will meet their objectives beyond a single project or transaction.
Representative services include:
- The negotiation and drafting of purchase contracts, leases, easements, options, and other instruments;
- Advising clients with respect to various landlord-tenant matters;
- Completing due diligence and title examinations;
- Obtaining all necessary entitlements for development;
- Condominium formation and documentation, including drafting and negotiating transition settlement agreements between homeowner associations and developers.
The firm's development practice focuses on obtaining financing and tax benefits for projects while minimizing tax implications, most notably in the areas of affordable housing, redevelopment, green building and alternative energy projects. The firm's principal, Christopher Hopkins, has substantial experience drafting and negotiating redevelopment agreements, and financial agreements with municipalities (including abatements and/or Payment In-Lieu of Taxes or "PILOT" agreements). Additionally, Mr. Hopkins regularly appears before planning boards on land use applications.
The firm also handles all aspects of real estate litigation including: foreclosure/deficiency judgments, ownership disputes, easement and boundary disputes, breach of lease/lease options, right of first refusal, buy-sell agreements, specific performance disputes, nondisclosure of environmental contamination, tax appeals, land use and zoning appeals, and eminent domain / condemnation matters.
Lastly, the firm environmental expertise enables it to handle the myriad of environmental issues that may arise during real estate and business transactions. This includes the contractual allocation of environmental risks and the procurement of environmental insurance to facilitate deals and protect against remediation cost overruns and /or pollution legal liability. The firm's environmental expertise also helps clients meet the growing demand for sustainable, energy efficient development practices.